The Pork Checkoff has teamed with the National FFA organization to create the Middle School Food and Agricultural Literacy Curriculum. This is a free resource that can be used by teachers as a year-long course or customized to fit a shorter timeframe to teach students to become savvy consumers. The curriculum has more than 150 free pre-packaged, stand-alone lessons and eight units to choose from.
Karen Richter, a pork producer from Montgomery, Minnesota, and member of the Pork Checkoff Producer Services Committee, says the purpose is to let future generations of consumers know where their food comes from. The eight units include: Introduction to Agricultural Science; Food Science; Natural Resources; Plant Science; Animal Science; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agricultural Issues; and Careers in Agriculture.
A team of industry professionals, university educators and secondary agriculture educators developed the framework in which the key concepts, units and lessons objectives were determined and aligned to the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources standards. From there, a team of 20 agriculture educators created the lessons and the ancillary materials. Ricter says the curriculum serves as a great tool to get young people interested in careers in agriculture. The curriculum is available at ffa.learn.com.